5 Essential IoT Implementations in the Construction Industry
A recent study by McKinsey Global Institute, which evaluated the impact IoT could potentially have on the construction and mining industry, found that company owners could save upwards of $160 billion just by IoT Implementations in the Construction Industry.
IoT in construction involves the use of internet-connected sensors which are placed around job sites or worn by laborers. IoT devices for construction are able to collect certain kinds of data about activity, performance, and conditions on the building site and send this to a central dashboard where the data is analyzed to help inform decisions.
Traditionally, most internet-connected devices have been computers and mobile phones. However, a huge variety of sensors can now easily and cheaply be upgraded with a chip (like a SIM card), hence the term ‘Internet of Things’. From wristbands that monitor heart rate to temperature sensors to vibration monitors, it is now possible to connect these devices to a central database, meaning many more aspects of your sites can be monitored in ‘real time’. And this has huge implications for safety, security, productivity, and cost reduction.
Some of the major ways of IoT Implementations in the Construction Industry:
Sensors have several applications for construction companies. Examples include supply, heat/humidity, fuel, and concrete curing sensors.
While supply sensors boost management efficiency by placing automatic orders in case of shortage and setting alarms, heat and humidity sensors can prolong the life of equipment operations.
Some construction elements and equipment have specific storage requirements. IoT devices can monitor metrics like humidity, temperature, and pressure to alert management about any potential change that could cause damage.
Companies should tag their materials to reduce occurrences of theft and misplacement. As construction sites are usually massive, these IoT-enabled tags can save time by making the construction material easier to locate and monitor.
Real-Time Site Maps
The construction industry has tragically contributed to 47% of all worker deaths in the United States. This situation has created a need for construction business owners to think of ways they could minimize accidents and keep their workers safe.
IoT devices can create real-time digital maps of construction sites highlighting danger zones, hazardous environments, the number of employees on-site, and work in progress using sensors and beacons. This, in turn, helps make construction sites more predictable, easier to control, and safer for workers.
Wearables are smart devices that are worn by workers that can track their stress levels, pulse, and so on.
A recent development in the construction industry is smart glasses. These glasses are enhanced with virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR), letting the wearer synchronize changes and instructions that can improve performance and productivity.
The IoT and the cloud have a complementary relationship, where the IoT generates data and the cloud provides an outlet for that data to travel or be stored. The cloud has strong appeal to the construction world because it greatly improves efficiency and security in an industry noted for its constant change of job site locations and workers.
Considering that the IoT (possibly enhanced by AI) can help reduce organizational maintenance costs by nearly 10%, construction companies should give thought to storing important data in organized pools via cloud storage services in order to make better data-driven decisions and ensure that their data remains properly protected.
The Future of IoT in Construction
The construction industry has traditionally been slow when it comes to adopting new technology, but IoT devices are steadily earning more recognition from owners. Even though the ongoing pandemic has caused an 18% drop in the net addition of IoT devices, there is still very good reason to believe that things will get better in the future.
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